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SMi Group Ltd

Global Event Producing Company

The SMi Group is a highly Professional, Independent and Global event producing company that specialises in Business to Business Conferences, Workshops, Masterclasses and Training. We create and deliver events within Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors.

Our aim is to provide you with the highest Quality Events in Defence, Security, Energy, Utilities, Finance and Pharmaceutical sectors, which are timely, relevant and important to you and your company!

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Defence Exports 2016 - 21/04/2016

Global updates on export control procedures

Export control experts will meet in Amsterdam in September to discuss recent changes to U.S and European export controls, including updates from long-standing EU members, recent members as well as non-EU national updates.

After the outstanding success of last year's event, Europe’s Leading Arms Export Controls conference, Defence Exports 2016, returns to Amsterdam to bring together international trade lawyers, Government officials, trade compliance consultants and defence-industry export control professionals from across the world to discuss the latest regulatory updates on international export controls.

Registration to the conference is now open. For those interested there is currently an early bird discount of £300 until 31st May. The event’s official website is

Defence Exports 2016 will provide crucial ITAR, ECR, EAR and OFAC updates as well as changes to national European export controls from long-standing EU members, recent members as well as non-EU national updates. Alongside the elite panel of government speakers, senior international trade compliance professionals will discuss the key challenges in compliance and topics include cyber security and export violations, electronic data services such as cloud and how to comply, global trade compliance programmes and self-disclosure.

Gary Stanley, President, Global Legal Services: “It is with great pleasure that I invite you to participate in the 11th annual Defence Exports Conference. This meeting encourages deep discussion to discuss how export controls amendments will impact industry and wither these changes will provide potential solutions to the challenges faced. We have invited only the most senior and well respected directors of arms control departments and international trade compliance professionals…”

SMi are delighted to announce Kevin J. Wolf, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, will be presenting on Day One of the conference on “How U.S. Export Control Reform and Re-Export Considerations Will Impact Defence Trade”. In his very timely presentation Mr. Wolf will discuss ECR background and status; BIS authorisations for re-exporting 600 series items; Framework for controlling 600 series items; Re-exporting items under the EAR. For further information on this presentation please visit

Defence Exports 2016 Government Speakers Include: Kevin J. Wolf, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, U.S Department of Commerce; Brigadier General Thierry Carlier, Deputy Director for International, Strategic and Technological Affairs, SGDSN – Prime Minister’s Office; Dubi Lavi, Director of DECA, Ministry of Defence Israel; Georg Pietsch, Director-General Export Control, Federal Office of Economics and Export Controls; Max Valstar, Coordinator Arms Export Control Policy, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Renars Danelsons, Head of Export Control Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia; Ambassador Philip Griffiths, Head of Secretariat, Wassenaar Arrangement; Christopher Chew, Head of Policy, Department for Business Innovation and Skills; Morten Elbjørn Larsen, Head of Section – Global Trade and Security, Danish Business Authority; Wendy Gilmour, Director General, Trade Controls Bureau, Department of Foreign Affairs; William Alberque, Head, Arms Control and Coordination Section, NATO and more.

Defence Exports 2016 Industry Speakers include: Christophe Assemat, Group Export Control Director, Airbus Helicopters; Joshua Fitzhugh, Vice President and Group Head of Trade Controls, BAE Systems plc; Thao C. Huynh, Manager, Global Trade Compliance, Bell Helicopter Textron Inc; Bill Wade, Vice President of International Licensing & Compliance, L-3 Communications Corporation; Rosa Rosanelli, International Trade Compliance Site Manager, Pratt & Whitney; Nancy Fischer, Partner, Pillsbury Law; Curtis Dombek, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton; Laurence Carey, Group Export Control Manager, Marshall Aerospace and more.

In addition to the event, there will be 4 interactive half-day workshops taking place:

Workshop A: Asia-Pacific Export Control and Compliance. Hosted by Jay Nash, SECURUS Strategic Trade Solutions.

Workshop B: The Intra-Community Transfers - Moving Forward Through Greater Harmonisation. Hosted by Sylvia Kainz-Huber, European Commission.

Workshop C: IT and Cybersecurity: The New Export Control Frontier. Hosted by Gary Stanley, Global Legal Services.

Workshop D: Global Trade Compliance in Practice: Establishing a Compliance Programme to Think Globally, Act Locally. Hosted by Berh Mersch, Northrop Grumman Corporation.

For further information on the workshops please go to    

Defence Exports 2016 is sponsored by: Hohmann Rechtsanwälte, Pillsbury and Sheppard Mullin.

For details on tailored sponsorship and branding packages, please contact Sadia Malick on: +44 (0) 207 827 6748 or e-mail

For further information on the conference or to register, contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 207 827 6054 or e-mail

SMi’s 11th annual Defence Exports Conference
28-29 September 2016
Movenpick Hotel, Amsterdam City Centre, Netherlands     
Tel: +44 (0) 207 827 6054

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